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Monday, May 29, 2023

Until it hit, the local firefighters couldn't conceive of something that ferocious.

The MTA [NYC Metropolitan Transit Authority] says that the new high-tech system will increase speed, resulting in fewer delays and trains being taken out of service.

A national lifeguard shortage will keep thousands of pools across the country closed or operating with reduced hours for the third summer in a row.

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Jan. 6 rioters are raking in thousands in donations. Now the US is coming after their haul read more

Support for the necessity of political violence (17.7 percent versus 19 percent) and support for the Great Replacement theory (28.8 percent versus 34 percent) were similar to support in the U.S. population.


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..."Slippery track" season is ways away, but MTA officials are already thinking about the inevitable issues caused by fall leaves falling on Metro-North tracks and their plans involve more laser beams.

Following a successful pilot program this past fall, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved a contract on Wednesday that will allow the Metro-North Railroad to outfit a second train to use lasers to help fight the impacts of fallen leaves on the tracks and minimize the number of cars taken out of service during the fall season.

Railroads that operate in the Northeast, including Metro-North, experience leaf fall-induced low adhesion, caused by the slick pectin left by crushed leaves on rails, which get even more slippery with rain. Some commuter lines even release a reduced service "slippery track season schedule" in the fall.

When a train tries to speed up or slow down, the pectin can cause the wheels to slip or slide along the rails. According to the MTA, in severe cases, the train will automatically make an emergency stop because the on-board computer system perceives "slip-sliding" as the train not slowing down when it should. This slip-sliding and emergency braking also creates flat spots on the train's wheels, forcing Metro-North to take equipment out of service for repairs.

The MTA says that during the pilot study last fall, Metro-North was able to safely clean over 12,000 miles of track with the laser train, resulting in a 40 percent reduction in slip/slide events and the lowest wheel-true cost season on record. ...

Blotto - I Wanna Be A Lifeguard

Wow, I didn't realize the obscurity of this song (quite popular on the local college station back in the day...) until I tried to find a video for it.


In any case... Enjoy!!!

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